The Godfather Part II
written by Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
Fredo: I haven't got a lot to say, Mike.
Michael: We have time.
Fredo: I was kept pretty much in the dark. I didn't know all that much.
Michael: What about now? Is there anything you can help me out with? Anything you can tell me now?
Fredo: They got Pentangelli, that's all I can tell you. I didn't know it was gonna be a hit, Mike. I swear to God I didn't know it was gonna be a hit. Johnny Olin bumped into me in Beverly Hills and he said that he wanted to talk. He said that you and Roth were in on a big deal together and that there was something in it for me if I could help them out. He said that you – he said that you were being tough on the negotiations but if they could get a little help and close the deal fast…it…it'd be good for the family.
Michael: You believed that story? You believed that?
Fredo: He said there was something in it for me…on my own.
Michael: I've always taken care of you, Fredo.
Fredo: Taken care of me? You're my kid brother and you take care of me? You ever think about that, huh? You ever once think about that? "Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that. Let Fredo take care of some Mickey Mouse nightclub somewhere. Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport." I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over.
Michael: That's the way Pop wanted it.
Fredo: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things, I'm smart. Not like everybody says – like dumb. I'm smart and I want respect!
Michael: Is there anything you can tell me about this investigation? Anything more?
Fredo: The Senate lawyer – Kristatt - he belongs to Roth.
Michael: Fredo – you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't wanna know you or what you do. I don't wanna see you at the hotels. I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother I wanna know a day in advance so I won't be there. You understand?
(He leaves the room.)
Credit and many thanks to Derek for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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